Oh, such fun I had at the ACFW Conference in Dallas last weekend! This was my 11th consecutive ACFW Conference, and it's become one of the highlights of my year. Partly because it's the one time a year I get to connect face-to-face with people with whom I usually only communicate on-line, including my critique group (clockwise from center: me, Eileen Key, Marjorie Vawter, Darlene Wells, Donna Schlacter, and Connie Stevens). They're a nutty bunch, but what would I do without them? :o)
This year, the chef must have gotten wind that I was coming because he prepared something special just for me. At least, I'm pretty sure it was just for me. Look at this...PURPLE mashed potatoes! No, I did not colorize those things--they really are PURPLE. I have got to find some of those purple potatoes for home consumption.
While in Dallas--as I told you last week--I celebrated the 8th anniversary of my healing. I always do something fun to celebrate ... something I wouldn't have been able to do prior to being healed. In past years, I've gone hiking, roller skated, stood on one foot while laughing hysterically, or just ran in circles. Since the conference is a pretty public place, I decided to stay low-key this time. There were a set of stairs from the lobby to the area where our classes and so forth were held. Before my healing, I went up stairs one at a time, holding to the railing and pretty much pulling myself up. I don't have to do that anymore, though, so I walked the 20 stairs several times as fast as I could without using my hands. I realize my hands in the air make it appear that I'm under arrest, but I'm not. I'm actually FREE, and I praise God for it!
The conference always goes quickly, and it's always a little sad to say goodbye to everyone. But look at this gorgeous Kansas sky that was waiting for me when I returned. I left behind purple mashed potatoes, but I was greeted by a purple sky. I think that's a fair exchange.
I've already got next year's conference marked on my calendar when once again I'll gather with fellow writers and aspiring writers. If you happen to fall into one of those categories, check out ACFW. You'll be glad you did!
God bless you muchly as you journey with Him! ~Kim
P.S. -- I promised a special package to someone in recognition of my healing, and that someone is MARY ELLEN ASHENFELDER. So, Mary Ellen, please shoot me your snail mail address to kim at kimvogelsawyer dot com and I'll get the Mountain Lake Trilogy sent off to you as quickly as possible. I hope you'll enjoy the books!